Funding resources

Williams Lake and District Credit Union Community Investment Fund

The Williams Lake and District Credit Union Community Investment Fund is now accepting applications from local organization and community groups for projects and initiatives geared to helping local communities achieve greater economic success and improve quality of life. Grants are available for projects focusing on youth, entrepreneurs, immigrants, low-income working families and aboriginal peoples. Preference will be given to organization that are members of the Williams Lake and District Credit Union.
Application deadline is September 30, 2012

Community Futures Regional Contributions

Requests must be beneficial to an area (geographically) or sector (tourism, forestry, economic development, trails, etc.) and not to individuals promoting special or personal beliefs.

Cariboo Chilcotin Beetle Action Coalition

The Beetle Action Coalitions in BC, including CCBAC, has received funding from the provincial government to help mitigate the impacts of the Mountain Pine Beetle. CCBAC is actively funding projects to positively impact its Cariboo Chilcotin communities as well as seeking more project applications. Information is available on the CCBAC website, with an ongoing deadline.

Changemakers BC Ideas Competition

Changemakers is now accepting submissions for its BC Ideas competition. Social entrepreneurs can submit their ideas online to win up to $100,000 in funding and support. You may also nominate an individual, organization or program in your community. Ideas must be innovative solutions to health, social and environmental challenges in BC.
Submit your idea by September 12, 2012.

Inter-Action: Multiculturalism Grants and Contributions Funding

The Inter-Action Events stream provides funding, normally in the form of grants, to community-based events that foster intercultural or interfaith understanding, civic memory and pride or respect for core democratic values. The primary intention is to create concrete opportunities for interaction among cultural and faith communities. Event Applications will be considered year-round.

EmbraceBC: Multiculturalism Grants and Funding

The Multiculturalism Grant Program was established to honour and celebrate British Columbia’s cultural diversity, through two project streams:
Stream A)
Cultural Expression: Projects will be supported which raise awareness about British Columbia’s rich multicultural identity through cultural events and/or resource tools. This could include festivals, community forums or cultural celebrations and materials that support positive expressions of culture and traditions in a community; and

Stream B)
Capacity Building: Projects will be supported which strengthen the capacity of cultural organizations to participate in civil society and enhance the multicultural identity of the province through operational supports such as resource tools and materials.

Applications will be accepted immediately and through two application periods:
o Jun. 29 – Aug. 31, 2012
o Nov. 1 – Feb. 15, 2013

Western Diversification Program

The underlying objective of the WDP is to create a stronger West and a stronger Canada. For 2012–2013, WD priorities include projects that:

Support technology commercialization;
Enhance trade and investment;
Improve business productivity and competitiveness;
Increase rural diversification.
More information is available on the Western Diversification website

Arts in Education Council of BC Fund
The Arts in Education Council of BC Fund offers small grants or awards to pay the fees of teachers, artists or other individuals presenting workshops, clinics or seminars designed to increase the appreciation of the arts and professional development of teachers in BC schools.

Small grants of up to $500 are awarded to organizations to assist in the presentation of professional development workshops, clinics or seminars designed to increase the appreciation of the arts for teachers in BC schools especially at the elementary level. Information is available on the ArtStarts website with a deadline of October 5, 2012

Principal Granting Councils:

British Columbia Arts Council

The British Columbia Arts Council supports culture and the arts in British Columbia, providing people and organizations with the chance to participate in cultural activities. It offers a variety of programs, project assistance, scholarships, and publicatications.

Canada Council

The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s national, arm’s-length arts funding agency. Main areas of activity are: Grants: Providing funding to individual professional artists and arts organizations through a peer assessment process.
Endowments and Prizes: Each year fellowships and prizes are awarded to some 200 artists and scholars.
Research, communications and arts promotionactivities also further the Canada Council mandate to support, promote and celebrate the arts.
The Canada Council Art Bank
, the Killam Program, the Public Lending Right Commission and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO are all administered through the Canada Council.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

SSHRC funds a considerable proportion of social science and humanities research in Canada. Their main website contains information about more than thirty funding programs for faculty researchers in the social sciences and humanities, ranging from Standard Research Grants to support individual investigator-chosen projects, to a variety of joint and collaborative projects and strategic initiatives in specific areas.

Other Canadian Funding Agencies and Organizations:


ArtsBC was founded in 1979 as the Assembly of BC Arts Councils. Its original purpose was to provide advocacy, leadership and support to community and regional arts councils in the province of BC. Since then the Assembly has broadened its vision and mandate to support the central role of arts and arts practices in building community and the unique ways in which arts and culture contribute to a strong, healthy society.

Funding for Arts and Culture Week, BC Spirit Initiatives, and Arts in the Parks.

ArtStarts in Schools

ArtStarts in Schools provides innovative arts programs for young people, practical resources for teachers and artists, and leadership in advocacy for arts in education. Founded in 1996, ArtStarts is a unique not-for-profit organization that brings professional artists into BC schools for performances, workshops, residencies and exhibitions.

Aviva Community Fund

If you’ve got the imagination, they’ve got the resources. Share your idea, raise awareness for your cause and compete to make your idea a reality.

Canadian Heritage

The Department of Canadian Heritage plays a vital role in the cultural and civic life of Canadians. Canadian Heritage offers financial support to organizations who contribute to departmental objectives related to culture, arts, heritage, official languages, citizenship and participation, Aboriginal, youth, and sport initiatives.
Information and application forms for programs and initiatives falling within the mandate of the Ministry.

Canadian Periodical Fund

The Canada Periodical Fund (CPF) provides financial assistance to Canadian print magazines, non-daily newspapers and digital periodicals to enable them to overcome market disadvantages and continue to provide Canadian readers with the content they choose to read.

The CPF has three components: Aid to Publishers, Business Innovation, and Collective Initiatives.

Citizenship & Immigration Canada, Inter-Action:Canada’s New Multiculturalism Grants and Contributions Programs

The Inter-Action Events stream provides funding to community based events that create concrete opportunities for interaction among cultural and faith communities. Events should be intended for and open to all Canadians.

Rural BC Funding Sources Grant Tool

Use this grant search tool to connect with a wide range of funding opportunities. You can narrow the search by grant description, name, subject area or the application deadline.

The Royal Canadian Geographic Society

The Royal Candian Geographic Society is dedicated to imparting a broader knowledge and deeper appreciation of Canada — its people and places, its natural and cultural heritage and its environmental, social and economic challenges.

Vancouver Foundation

The Arts and Culture Advisory Committee makes grants to support and encourage the growth and sustained presence of arts and cultural activities among diverse cultural communities throughout British Columbia.